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  1. Houmanumi

    Hakuho - 17th annual poll!

    One yusho. 35 wins Max 12-win streak No Zensho I'm going to say he sees the year out with 2 Kyujo mixed in and retires after Kyushu.
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    Hatsu Basho 2021 Yusho Winner

    Hak 14-1, no playoff. Man I hope it's Takakeisho though.
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    So on this. Let's envision a world where Takakeisho had 14 wins, defeats a full slate of ozeki, defeats Kakuryu; loses to Hakuho (who zenshos). Surely that's enough, right? Otherwise man, they're shooting themselves in the foot.
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    More from the archives of Araiwa (@Cal Martin) via @sumojoann: 1. Wakatenryu's Danpatsu-shiki Maegashira Wakatenryu was another one of Araiwa's coaches, and he was still active in Juryo when Araiwa became a rikishi. Cal remembers Wakatenryu as a great guy with a great sense of humor, and one of the few willing to practice will the young Araiwa frequently. Houmanumi Adds: The limited information I could find on the former Wakatenryu suggests that he's now 80 years old, and after post-sumo stints as a restaurateur and corporate sumo coach, ended up a successful businessman himself launching his own company. If anyone has more information on the man, please share below, I'm sure Cal would be interested. 2. Kaiketsu, Wakatenryu, and Araiwa Cal's Words: This is Nishimouri (Ozeki Kaiketsu), Wakatenryu, and me, I am thinking we were solving all the problems in the world. I think we were in Nagoya Tournament; we don't look that worn out, so it must have been a light workout. I remember very well my first two weeks off after a tournament, I didn't even think about Sumo for two weeks and I sure paid for it when we returned. I was so sore after the first day, I could not move for the second day, however Hanakago-oyakata's bamboo sword worked me even harder! Hanakago said, did you learn anything? from then on, I did some kind of workout everyday, especially if I didn't have to.
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    YDC convenes after November 2020

    In fairness, the actual dinosaurs were not afforded that same right.
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    YDC convenes after November 2020

    In fairness I chose four years at random; I could easily have chosen three. 2018 did surprise me though, but as @Bombur said, it's an outlier over time rather than an indicator of true performance. All of this aside; I 100% agree that neither Yokozuna can afford to miss the next tournament entirely. For mine, it's basically this: Hakuho shows up in Jan and gets 10 wins? Let's get off his case for at least a couple of basho. Kakuryu should arguably be gone already.
  7. Takakeisho Y Terunofuji O1 Shodai Takanosho O2 Asanoyama
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    Shohozan goes it alone - the veteran poll 2021

    Intai at J11w.
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    YDC convenes after November 2020

    So to begin, totally with you on the 'fun to debate thing', as much as anything I like being a devil's advocate. And granted; it doesn't totally remove your point; but Hakuho being lumped in with Kakuryu is just fundamentally wrong: So okay, they're a lot closer than I thought before I started this exercise; Kakuryu SHOULD go, whereas Hakuho kinda has one last chance at redemption. Going back to my ozeki analogy, Kakuryu long ago got demoted from ozeki and is now tumbling down the ranks. Retire. Hakuho would still be an Ozeki; and if we were, we'd be saying we hope he gets the ten wins. Let's be real here, the only difference between an ozeki and a yokozuna is consistency over a longer period; ozeki-level sumo and yokozuna-level sumo are essentially the same. Hakuho is 'ozekiwake' in January. If he doesn't get at least the ten, than I'm with you; he should give it up. But if he gets 10+; let's all move on and give him a few more tournaments.
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    YDC convenes after November 2020

    Referring specifically to Hakuho, I would come back with the fact that no other wrestler has proved themselves his peer. If, in his absence, another rikishi were to win multiple cups, then I'd agree that his erratic attendance isn't enough. Looking at the last six tournament (ignoring cancelled Natsu), he's shown up 4 times, withdrawn with a poor opening few days once, 10 wins then an injury and a withdrawl once, and won two yusho. It's a perfectly good record. If he were an ozeki he'd only need ten wins in January to jump back up; do we really think he won't get that? Is Hakuho what he once was? No. Is he still the best current Rikishi? Based on the above and his demolition of all comers at the public keiko before Kyushu; yes. And so he's still very much the valid yokozuna. That said; if he were to not show or do badly in January; then yes; that likely tilts the scales more to warning level.
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    No hard and fast rules, but generally speaking, 33 wins over 3 tournaments in Komusubi or above will do the trick. There have been exceptions both ways, if we're talking Terunofuji he'll probably want to be a little stronger than that, and certainly no more going Kyujo. Good start though.
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    Non-K-November basho 2020 Discussion (spoiler space)

    I've compared Takakeisho and Musashimaru on this front and many others before. And it's not a knock, if he's the best of his peers that show up to fight, he's the Yokozuna. I hope he makes it.
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    Kotoshogiku retires

    Kotoshogiku is/was a legend. Hidenoyama oyakata will be a spectacular addition to the Kyokai. I'm saddened at the loss of the former, but ecstatic about the gain of the latter and will follow his career and his deshi with great interest.
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    More from Araiwa (@Cal Martin) via @sumojoann : Cal doesn't remember who his opponent was, but it was during the 9-man playoff which he won. His signature move was 'nodowa' ('喉輪' - thrusting at an opponents throat). His Oyakata said if you kill the head, the body will follow.
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    Sumo Limericks (in case Haikus are not your thing)

    I don't mean to be an impugner, And I only mean this in good humour, But Takakeisho aside, There is little bright side, To this basho with no yokozuna.